This presentation offers a general introduction to the Waltz using English sources of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. The form of the early waltz is explored in overview, as are the associated controversies and its eventual acceptance by the English public.
As part of the presentation I’ll be referring to some early (pre-Wilsonian) Waltz instructions including several previously unknown descriptions of how to dance the waltz.
Paul Cooper is a Regency Dancing enthusiast and researcher, a member of the Hampshire Regency Dancers and Treasurer of the Early Dance Circle. He shares his research papers through the RegencyDances.org website, and is a regular visitor to the British Library’s music collections.